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Alaska lawmaker censured over abortion comment

The Alaska House voted Wednesday to censure a Republican member over comments he made suggesting there are women in Alaska who try to get pregnant to get a “free trip …


UPDATED: Sun., May 7, 2017, 9:28 p.m.

Researchers seek better ways to farm sablefish, a popular Pacific fish

At a federal marine research station near Seattle, scientists are studying sablefish genetics and investigating ways to make it easier and more efficient to commercially grow the fish.


Earthquake hits part of Alaska’s Aleutian Islands chain

The Alaska Earthquake Center reports that a magnitude 4.9 earthquake hit part of the Aleutian Islands chain.


Quake near Canada border jolts Yukon, southeast Alaska

A major earthquake in northwest British Columbia shook up communities in nearby Alaska and Yukon Territory but caused no apparent damage.


Magnitude-6.3 aftershock shakes Canada, Alaska

The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude-6.3 aftershock has shaken the corner of British Columbia, near the boundary with Alaska, nearly two hours after a magnitude-6.2 earthquake hit the same …


Pilot, company culture blamed for 2015 Alaska plane crash that killed nine

Pilot error, an air company’s culture and its lack of a formal safety program were behind a fatal crash that killed nine people two years ago on sightseeing flight in …


Seattle-based seafood processor, EPA settle on Alaska clean air violations

A Seattle-based seafood processing company operating in Alaska will be assessed a $1.3 million civil penalty for violating clean air rules under a proposed settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection …


UPDATED: Sat., April 29, 2017, 3:35 p.m.

McNeil River bear expert learned to trust grizzly bears

Larry Aumiller spent 40 years trying to come to terms with the expression on the Boone and Crockett Club’s bear statue. “Those bears can be aggressive,” Aumiller said. “But that’s …


U.S. intercepts 2 Russian bombers off Alaska’s coast

The U.S. military says it intercepted two Russian bombers in international airspace off Alaska’s coast.


Workers relieve pressure on leaking Alaska oil well

Federal and state workers have reduced the amount of pressure in an oil well that is misting natural gas on Alaska’s frozen North Slope, officials said Sunday.


Alaska oil well leaking gas in northern part of state

A federal official says crews in Alaska are ready to shut down an oil well that is misting natural gas on the frozen North Slope, but officials say it’s too …


UPDATED: Sat., April 15, 2017, 7:06 p.m.

BP trying to get leaking oil well under control on Alaska’s North Slope

A BP oil and gas production well in Alaska’s North Slope blew out Friday morning, and on Saturday afternoon, the well was still not under control as responders fought subfreezing …


Alaska oil pipeline leak stopped, threat to wildlife unclear

The flow of oil from an underwater pipeline leak discovered in Alaska’s southern Cook Inlet over the weekend has been stopped, but it’s unclear how much crude poured into the …


UPDATED: Sun., April 2, 2017, 6:44 p.m.

Oil leak discovered by workers in Alaska’s Cook Inlet

An oil leak was discovered in Alaska’s Cook Inlet on Saturday, causing a major oil and gas producer to shut down two of its platforms there, officials say.


UPDATED: Thu., March 30, 2017, 9:51 p.m.

Immigration agents round up 84 in Alaska, Washington, Oregon

Immigration agents rounded up 84 people – including 60 with criminal records – during a three-day operation in Washington, Oregon and Alaska, authorities said Thursday.


UPDATED: Sat., March 25, 2017, 2:25 p.m.

Owner of leaking Alaska pipeline to halt natural gas flow

The governor of Alaska says the owner of an underwater pipeline leaking processed natural gas will temporarily shut down gas production that feeds into the line.


UPDATED: Sat., March 18, 2017, 9:37 p.m.

Naturalist shares ways to use healing power of the forest

Mother Nature’s medicine cabinet is wide open – you just have to know where to look.


Parker: Bear and wolf proposal is unconscionable

Senators should vote to leave the protective rule in place – not only to protect our wildlife from politicians’ predatory practices but also to reassure Americans that the chamber still …


Eskimo village aims to serve up reindeer meat far and wide

A remote Eskimo village on a tundra-covered island in western Alaska is hoping to counter its steep unemployment rate and achieve greater self-sufficiency through one of its few resources: reindeer …


UPDATED: Thu., March 9, 2017, 10:15 a.m.

Company claims largest U.S. onshore oil discovery in 30 years

Spanish energy company Repsol says an oil reserve of 1.2 billion barrels has been identified in Alaska’s North Slope, which the company is the largest onshore discovery in the United …


Alaska underwater pipeline leak may have started in December

A federal pipeline safety office says natural gas leaking from an underwater pipeline in Alaska’s Cook Inlet may have started flowing in December.


UPDATED: Sat., March 4, 2017, 6:33 p.m.

Fan-friendly event kicks off Iditarod race across Alaska

The sound of howling dogs filled downtown Anchorage on Saturday as mushers from around the world gathered for the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 24, 2017, 9:20 p.m.

Coast Guard announces investigation into disappearance of crab boat

The Coast Guard will conduct a Marine Board of Investigation – the highest level of agency inquiry – into the Feb. 11 loss of the crab boat Destination and six …


Alaska’s Bogoslof Volcano erupts, sends up ash cloud

An Alaska volcano that’s been active since mid-December has erupted again. The Alaska Volcano Observatory says Bogoslof Volcano in the Aleutian Islands erupted just before 10 a.m. and sent an …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 15, 2017, 7:21 p.m.

Anchorage apartment complex fire kills 2, injures 16

pre-dawn fire that swept through an apartment complex in Alaska’s largest city and burned for hours killed at least two people and injured at least 16, authorities said Wednesday.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 14, 2017, 12:39 p.m.

Coast Guard calls off search for 6 fishermen on crab boat

The search has been called off for the six veteran fishermen aboard a crabbing boat missing in the icy, turbulent Bering Sea.


Search for fishing vessel with 6 people goes into 2nd day

The U.S. Coast Guard in Alaska is searching for a fishing boat with six people that has been missing in the Bering Sea for more than a day.


Researchers: Warm Pacific water led to vast seabird die-off

A year after tens of thousands of common murres, an abundant North Pacific seabird, starved and washed ashore on beaches from California to Alaska, researchers have pinned the cause to …


Alaska rejects marijuana consumption at retail pot stores

Marijuana regulators in Alaska narrowly rejected a proposal Thursday that would have made the state the first in the nation to allow marijuana consumers to use the pot they buy …


Study documents yellow cedar’s decline due to climate change

A type of tree that thrives in soggy soil from Alaska to Northern California and is valued for its commercial and cultural uses could become a noticeable casualty of climate …